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Jay Cravath, PhD


Arizona musician, researcher and speaker

Jay Craváth is a writer, composer and scholar in the field of music, southwest history and Indigenous studies.

His original music has been included in such documentaries as “1000 Years of Song: the Apache,” which he co-produced (over 300,000 views on Youtube), and “Love is a Child.” He received The sound design award from Zaki Gordon Institute for his film score to “The Life of Will Mezzo.”


His poetry has been published in various magazines. As a member of Arizona Humanities AZ Speaks since 1990 Jay Craváth crafts articles and programs that include stories and performance. He has often been the most requested speaker in a given year, with his programs described as “scholarship with a zing!”


His publications include North American Indian Music, The Mohave Book for Little Ones (available through this website) and The Wisdom of Blood—serialized here. Dr J and the Botanicals is his new band—Indie folk, Latin and ballads. For booking related to his presentations or music go to



When I am not performing with my band I write and record my own songs.

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